Monthly Archives: April 2017

Cutting the Cable Cord to Save Money

More and more people are starting to realize that their cable or satellite bill is becoming one of their largest monthly expenses. This has led to a large amount of people cutting the cable cord to save money. If you can do with watching new shows or programming later on then cutting back on your cable bill is going to save you money.  Lets look at the various ways people are using to cut their cable bills.

Cutting the Cable Cord to Save Money

  1. Streaming Devices – If you are going to stream programming you are going to need a device that streams. Don’t worry this is no big deal because most newer devices have some kind of streaming capability built into them. All the video game consoles and most blu ray players have streaming capabilities. You can even hook your computer up to your tv and use it as a streaming device. If you want to invest a little more money you can buy a Roku or Apple Tv devise for streaming. Personally I use my PlayStation 4 and my laptop..
  2. Streaming Services – You have the option of paying for steaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu. You can also watch lots of content on YouTube. For a price much cheaper than cable you can watch all of the content you want on demand.
  3. HD Antenna – If you want to catch Live TV then you may want to consider an HD Antenna. They are affordable and you can probably find one for under $50 and you are on your way to picking up free tv signals. They are like the old rabbit ears you used to find on tvs.  The stations you pick up will be based on your location but you should be able to pick up a few local stations which is great for living programming and sports.
  4. Specialty Channels – If you can’t wait for  your favorite shows like the Walking Dead to show up on Netflix you can always buy an online subscription to channels like HBO or Showtime. Some channels will also stream their content on their websites for free. Check out A&E or Adult Swim for example for live streaming.
  5. Basic Cable – Another option is to just maintain a basic cable package so you can you some local programming and sports and mix it with a streaming subscription.

There are a few ways available to save money by cutting your cable cord. You don’t have to pay $100 a month to watch tv shows. You buy a cheap streaming service like Netflix and back it up with a basic cable package or HD Antenna.

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Quick Tips to Saving Money on Car Expenses

A car can be a pretty expense when you factor in insurance, licences, fuel and maintenance. I know I would be far better off if I had never  bought a car but I do need one but it doesn’t mean that I can’t take a few steps to saving money on my car expenses. There are a number of small things you can do to save money on our car expenses.

Quick Tips to Saving Money on Car Expenses

  1. Rotate your tires on a regular basis and keep your tires properly inflated. Doing both of these will not only ensure your tires last longer but will also save you gas money.
  2. Remove heavy items from your trunk, truck bed or backseat. Extra weight means that you are spending more on gas money.
  3. Drive less aggressively and watch your speed. Speeding and driving like a maniac will just cost you more gas money and will do more wear and tear on your vehicle costing you more in the long run.
  4. Do proper maintenance on your car and make sure you get a tune up on a regular basis.
  5. Don’t let your car idle or warm up in the drive way on cold days. You are literally just burning gas. Experts have also stated that idling your car for extended periods of time can do damage to your vehicle’s engine.

You can also shop around for cheap gas but I would suggest to a point. Driving far out of your way for small savings probably is not saving you much money in the long run.

These are just a few simple tips on how to save on your car expenses. Following these tips will not only save you gas money but also on expenses and maintenance on your vehicle.

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Frugal Recipe: Crockpot Turkey Chili

I have been making this very basic Crockpot Turkey Chili midweek for the past couple of weeks. It is inexpensive, easy to make and I end up with more than a few meals that are easy to heat up and I find it quite filling. It’s a very inexpensive meal to make.

Frugal Recipe: Crock Pot Turkey Chili

I use a smaller size crockpot and am the only one eating this so  just use one can of each and it makes enough for me to have a dinner and a lunch the next day. You can always add more beans or turkey if you like.

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 Pound of Ground Turkey
  2. 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  3. 1 Can of Pork andBeans
  4. 1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  5. 1 Can of Tomato Paste
  6.  Jalapeno Peppers , Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce are optional
  7. Spices to taste such as chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper.

Directions

  1. Brown the turkey in a pan and drain when done.
  2. Add everything in your crockpot except for the Tomato Paste.
  3. Let it cook on high for 4 hours at least.
  4. If you notice it is too watery I will drain some of the liquid out.
  5. In the last hour or hour and a half I add the tomato paste as it will thicken your chili out.

That is it. An easy meal and you can probably stretch it out for a couple of meals.

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